Spotlight on PEOs


Join us as JA hosts our next Journey+ event featuring panelists from FullStack to gain insight on PEOs, how they work, common misconceptions, and insight to help determine if a PEO may be right for your organization.

During this session, you will gain actionable insight on :

  • - What do PEOs solve
  • - How the PEO model works
  • - Insight on the experts, FullStack
  • - FullStack + JA Benefits, a unique partnership
  • - Debunked: Myths & misconceptions
  • - Assessing if a PEO is right for you

Walk away from this session with a deeper understanding and be ready to take action within your organization by joining us on October 12th at 8:30a ET.

Healthcare Quality and Cost


Join us as JA hosts our next Journey+ event featuring panelists from Healthcare Bluebook. This session will leverage data to provide insight and clarity for employers into the proven relationship and balance between healthcare quality and cost. 

During this session, you will gain actionable insight on :

  • - Level set understanding of quality and cost 
  • - Variances found in quality as well as cost
  • - Why is this problematic
  • - Marrying quality and cost
  • - Case studies

Walk away from this session with a deeper understanding and be ready to take action within your organization by joining us on June 24th at 10a ET.

Food Is Medicine


Join us as JA hosts our next Journey+ event featuring panelists from Preventia Group. This session will tackle the important conversation on the medicinal qualities of food and how food impacts your health.

During this session you will gain actionable insight on :

  • - Defining how food is medicine
  • - How to tackle this, together
  • - The IMPACT of food

Walk away from this session with a deeper understanding and be ready to take action within your organization by joining us on May 18th at 10a ET.

What is Engagement: Addressing the Confusion and Misunderstanding


Join us as JA hosts our next Journey+ event featuring the expertise of Todd Gross of Ngenio USA.

ENGAGEMENT is a trending topic that has encompassed many conversations of late and is actively on every employer's mind. During this interactive session, Todd will explore the following discussion points:

  • What is Engagement? Addressing the confusion and misunderstanding
  • What causes Engagement?
  • What can you do about it?
  • Using data and research to provide clarity and actionable steps

Walk away from this session with a deeper understanding and be ready to take action within your organization by joining us on May 5th at 10a ET.

Press Release: JA Launches New Interactive Event Series

FOR RELEASE: 02/10/21, 4p EST

Bedford, IN: JA Benefits, LLC is launching a new event series to be available at no cost to industry professionals, company owners, and HR professionals beginning with the first event on February 26, 2021 at 9am EST.

Journey+ is turning the ‘sit-and-listen’ style of the traditional webinar model on its head and, instead, creates a platform to encourage and facilitate interactive discussion between industry professionals. From leveraging the knowledge of expert panels to provide insight on trending topics to enabling experts to share insight on common pain points and strategy modifications that have proven successful, Journey+ provides a virtual support system in an industry that is rapidly changing due to the ongoing pandemic.

According to JA’s Partner and Business Consultant, Cory Johnson, “In reflecting on the events JA put on, as well as those we engaged with over the course of 2020, our team found we gained the most value from the times we were able to personally connect (via Zoom, of course) and have a real discussion. This prompted the desire to create a platform that would be interesting, engaging and fun for participants while providing a foundation for growth both personally and professionally.”

Staying true to the JA Benefits core values of Relationships, Purpose, and Growth, JA wanted to find a way to offer friendly support that would have a meaningful impact for customers and non-customers alike, helping professionals feel more connected and confident in their decisions and strategies.

Carrie Divens, a Benefits Advisor with JA shared her thoughts. “While 2020 presented uncertainty for organizations, it particularly presented additional work and burden for Human Resource Professionals. JA saw this need for support and focused on creating a comfortable setting for HR professionals to engage, learn, and share success and concerns for this ever-shifting landscape created by the pandemic. JA is expanding such engagements in 2021 through the launch of Journey+ with the intentional purpose of emphasizing JA’s commitment to helping organizations and professionals evolve.”

As so many have continued looking back at 2020 and the changes the pandemic has brought to our work environments and personal relationships, Carrie shared a different, more forward-looking outlook. “Simply put, Journey+ is JA’s way of investing in the Journey Ahead.”

“The circumstances many business owners have found themselves in over the last year have presented many extraordinary challenges. For example, in many respects, the job for an HR Professional looks vastly different today than it did two years ago. These changes have been rapid and continual. This type of environment could become overwhelming without the support and insight of your peers. Journey+ is designed to ensure these channels of communication stay open and interactive.” ~Cory Johnson, Partner/Benefits Consultant, JA Benefits.

JA Benefits, encourages HR Professionals, Company Owners, Leaders, and other industry professionals to engage with the Journey+ launch event taking place February 26th from 9am-10am EST where they will be discussing 2121 Findings: 2020’s Impact on Group Health Plans. For more information, you can visit the event page on JA’s website,, or you can directly register to attend at no cost here


About JA


Since 1988, JA has delivered difference to the field of employee benefits through truly innovative solutions, accompanied by vision, clarity, and guidance. Bedford, Indiana based, JA is one of Indiana’s leading employee benefit consulting firms, specializing in self-funding, as well as fully insured health plans for emerging, mid-market, and large employers. JA is built on a foundation of focused and talented experts. This core strength allows JA to deliver an unsurpassed experience for their clients. Through their firm commitment to creating meaningful outcomes, JA engages to help clients understand and experience the difference in having a true benefits partner. JA believes that each client’s journey has multiple destinations unique to them and that success is determined by not only what JA delivers, but in how they get there. JA invites you to experience a true partner for your employee benefits. Join JA for the Journey Ahead.


JA provides a wide array of client-focused services, including insurance and benefit planning, cost management, performance reporting, compliance services, benefit technology and communications. As well as many professional services, including actuarial services, claims data analysis, legislative compliance, human resources tools, and specialized pharmacy benefits.


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If you would like more information about JA, please call Sharon Saunders at 812.329.6048, or email

2021 Findings: 2020's Impact on Group Health Plans


Join us as JA's own, Doug Johnson joins panelists Mary Delaney MS, PT, CWP (President, Vital Incite), and Dave Watt (Director, Indiana Large Group Sales, Anthem) to explore and compare early 2021 observations while looking back at claims utilization and financial impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this interactive discussion, you will discover:

  • *Normalized (pre-pandemic) claims utilization review, budget planning, and tracking
  • *How the pandemic has disrupted utilization
  • *The predicted future impact
  • *Best practices and modifying strategies for evolving through a pandemic

Be informed and prepared to succeed in 2021 by joining our experts on February 26th at 9 am ET.

1 in 5 Deaths Worldwide Associated With Poor Diets

1 in 5 Deaths Worldwide Associated With Poor Diets

According to a recently published study, 11 million deaths in 2017 were attributable to dietary risk factors. That total number translates to one-fifth of the world’s total deaths. The study defines dietary risk factors and poor diets as ones that are heavy in sugar, salt and trans fats.
While this study reveals startling numbers, it’s a well-known fact that eating healthy can help reduce your risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease or Type 2 diabetes. By keeping such conditions at bay, you can maintain your overall health and be well on your way to living a long, healthy life.

Here are some tips to help you start eating healthier:

  • Balance your plate with a variety of foods. Your plate should be 50% fruits and vegetables, 25% lean meat, poultry or fish, and 25% grains.

  • Get a personalized eating plan. Speak with your doctor to develop a plan that will give you the amounts of each food group you need daily. Your doctor may recommend you seek out a registered dietician or nutritionist to create the best plan for you.
  • Beware of sweetened drinks. Sodas and sports drinks are high in calories and sugars or sugar substitutes. Whenever possible, choose water over these drinks.
  • Read food labels carefully. Make sure to always read nutrition labels to find out how healthy a particular food may be. It’s also important to check the ingredient list, which is different from the nutritional label.

For more information on how you can improve or maintain a healthy diet, contact your doctor.

Heart Rate Zones

Threshold Zone – 80% – 90%

Aerobic Zone – 70%- 80%

Endurance Zone – 60%- 70%

Recovery Zone – 50%- 60%

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 62
Total Fat 0 g
Protein 1 g
Carbohydrates 15 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Sodium 22 mg
Total Sugars 15 g

Source: USDA

Fruit Slush


  • 2 ⅔ cups cantaloupe or watermelon (coarsely chopped, peeled, seeded)
  • 1 ⅔ cups kiwi (peeled, chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 cups water
  • Ice


  1. In a blender, puree fruit with sugar and lime juice until smooth.
  2. Combine fruit mixture and water in a large pitcher.
  3. If desired, pour through a strainer to eliminate pulp.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for up to a week.
  5. To serve, stir well and pour into tall glasses over ice.

Makes: 4 servings

This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.